Show Us Your Bonsai Benches

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Wow, this is the tread i was looking for.
All benches are very nice, a lot of creativity.
Im planning too do mine this spring coming, will show photos once done.
 
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I was going to build the 2 tier one and was looking for ideas, and i really like yours Drew, good idea not to extend the top one over the bottom one!
 
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I was going to build the 2 tier one and was looking for ideas, and i really like yours Drew, good idea not to extend the top one over the bottom one!
Yes, Pot space is very different from canopy space. And along with canopy space comes nail heads or hooks or some accommodation for tying down trees with high America's Cup class sail surface-to-footprint ratio. It is very disheartening to finally get a nice tree into a small pot and finding it on the ground after a windy night.
 
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Yes, Pot space is very different from canopy space. And along with canopy space comes nail heads or hooks or some accommodation for tying down trees with high America's Cup class sail surface-to-footprint ratio. It is very disheartening to finally get a nice tree into a small pot and finding it on the ground after a windy night.
Makes sense to me. Sounds to me like you need to reef those canopies.
 
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Quick question to all experienced guys, this will be my first bench built myself so need a bit of advice,
Would 3 by 2x6 boards stand the weight ? instead of using 2x8 as on the photos?
 
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This was all a herb garden a previous owner had built. I tore out all the rotting raised beds, kept the elk fence (required) and jerry-rigged the existing irrigation system. More practical than pretty. Maybe there is an idea or two there. More likely my mediocre carpentry skills were fully exposed. View attachment 176289 View attachment 176290 View attachment 176291 View attachment 176292 View attachment 176293 View attachment 176294
how does the irrigation system work? Is it on a timer? Where do you buy the parts?
 
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I'd love to see how this area has changed over the last year. Show us some pictures with trees on the benches!
Well, here’s how it looked when it was nice and pristine... then we had a massive thunderstorm and a “thousand year flood.” Many of the pebbles in the drainage stream got washed away, ruts cut into the terraces, and sand washed over some of the gravel. So, it will be under construction for a while as I sift the gravel, fill the ruts, recover the pebbles and put in a retaining wall. The benches are intact, of course. I’ll post something when they’re populated.
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Seeing this thread again got me thinking about all the work I did last year on the garden. More work on benches than trees.
From this:
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To this:
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And still more to do o_O!
That looks great! The paint makes a big difference, also the mulch and edging is really nice.
 

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